Lanie Fefferman

My name is Lainie (pronounced “LAY-nee”) Fefferman. I was born in New York City in 1982 and my pronouns are she/her. I love music.

I’m drawn to artistic experiences that are either extremely minimalist or extremely maximalist. I love process pieces that wear their structures and conceits on their sleeves, and I love wacky patchwork quilts of whimsy, built from idiosyncratic intuitions. I love abstraction and rigor; I love narrative and documentary. As a listener, a watcher, an audience member, a fan, I just want to be subsumed into someone else’s world – I’m much less concerned with what the world looks like than the wondrous feeling of being firmly lost within it.

I’m a music maker, advocate, and teacher. I’m a Jew and a lover of mathematics. I’m a baker and a third generation American. I love to laugh, but even more: I love to make others laugh and feel full.

I make music by putting dots on lines (mostly Euro-classical staff notation), drawing curves in software (mostly Reaper with fun plugins and endless automation), writing code in boxes (mostly Max MSP and soon RNBO), and finding new and surprising ways to wiggle my vocal chords (surprising to me, at least). I make music for myself and for other people, for acoustic instruments and electronic instruments, for live performance and static albums. I’m less interested in the instrumentation or scope of a commission than the people who commission it. I want to work with kind, curious compatriots who are committed to making new sounds with me in a spirit of fun and collaborative commitment; a lot of my musical philosophy and family are centered around the warm and wacky Bang on a Can universe. I’ve been lucky to make music for and with glorious folks like this, including: Space Lazers, Recap Quartet, TRANSIT New Music, Greg Oakes, JACK Quartet, Kamilla Akru, Transient Canvas, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Ensemble Decipher, Tenth Intervention, ” Sō Percussion, Sideband, Make Music New York, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, and Dither.

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Photo Credit: Bill Wadman